'Songline contraband', a new poem by Samuel Wagan Watson

    Vale Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert 
    Long-serving Chair of the First Nations of Australia Writers Network


Authorised visits,
temporarily easing Grafton Correctional Centre blues,
a young girl walks shadow-hardened corridors to see a black inmate,
observe her little brown fingers
as wafer thin as the bars that separate them
but with pilot eyes, the only light that shines
lines across a dank cell floor
upon which an imprisoned father writes poetry,
a daughter smuggles out to be published;
highly unauthorised material,
                                                 songline contraband ...

Samuel Wagan Watson

Published in August 2019, no. 413
Samuel Wagan Watson

Samuel Wagan Watson

Born into a family of raconteurs in Brisbane 1972, Samuel’s poetry has collected numerous accolades and opportunities. His writing is featured in anthologies, public art works, films, and on-board the international space station. Love Poems and Death Threats is his latest collection with University of Queensland Press. He recently won the 2015 Raw Roar Poetry Slam in Wagga Wagga.

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